Today we invite you to explore two of the books our Nuts About Books reviewers are loving…and a special endorsement from best-selling author, Holley Gerth! Also, find out a bit more about a movie we’re super excited is coming to Canadian theatres this weekend!!
It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident–and young Samuel Chambers would have done anything to turn back time. Even today, he can hardly believe it all happened . . .
Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Sam begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back.
His quest to defeat death will entangle him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict, forcing Sam to grapple with an unwelcome question.
Could it be possible that death is a gift?
“A smashing success for Shawn Smucker with his debut novel, The Day the Angels Fell! It was beautifully written, plotted brilliantly, and I fell in love with his cast of characters…I tell you, this book is a must read…The Day the Angels Fell is clever enough for an adult or teen to be fully engrossed…I am quite spellbound and waiting for more.” – Cozy Writer’s Den
“One premise that really stuck with me in the reading of this tale and still swirls in my mind is the concept that this book is built upon, death is a gift. Ponder that for awhile! How else does life get reset to the perfection that it was supposed to be? How else do we get the benefit of face to face life with our creator? How else do we get back to the garden?…I enjoyed [Sam and Abra’s] adventure…and I hope that there are more adventures in store.” – All This Crazy Grace
“The Day The Angels Fell was not at all what I expected. It was a little bit, Piercing the Darkness meets…Lois Lowry…I was satisfied to have followed this adventure, both from the eyes of an old man looking back, and the young boy experiencing this wild supernatural adventure for the first time…Personally, I loved the way the author uses imagery and setting to tell the story too. I look forward to more from this author.” – Melony Teague
“The Day the Angels Fell is a story of grief, relationships and love…Through various scenes [this book] reminded me of Frank Peretti‘s This Present Darkness but scaled down for a younger audience…The storytelling is complex and I loved the authors writing style, it was easy to get lost in the pages as he created tension and scenes of heartache vividly. The ending finished off nicely with a sneak preview of the sequel. Definitely an author I will read more of.” – Just One More Chapter
If the viral personality quizzes strewn about our social media accounts are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique places in the world. But what we’re finding is this: knowing which famous movie character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn’t as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.
Backed by extensive research and illustrated with engaging stories, Reading People explains what makes you uniquely you, what makes the people in your life uniquely them, and why it all matters. Popular blogger Anne Bogel makes it easy. In this fascinating book, she collects, explores, and explains the most popular personality frameworks, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She shares the life-changing insights that can be gained from each, along with practical applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life.
Want to revolutionize the way you live, love, work, and pray? Understanding personality is the first step!
“Fantastic! Intriguing! Life-changing! The best non-fiction book I’ve read this year!…Honestly, I cannot recommend this book enough…One of the best features is that it is extremely reader-friendly…Another great feature is the extremely valuable list of resources…If you are like me, [Reading People] will give you life-changing insights about yourself, and will simultaneously change the way you relate to the people you love.” – Prairie Sky Book Reviews
“I’m a personality book junkie so I can say from experience and with enthusiasm that Anne’s book is helpful, insightful and and simply enjoyable. It’s like a dessert platter of personality resources–the kind you get at your favorite restaurant on special occasions to share with friends and savor every bite. I know I’ll return for second helpings.” – Holley Gerth (Author of Fiercehearted and You’re Already Amazing)
A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.
An all-star cast is being led by Steven Yeun (Bo the donkey), Kelly Clarkson (Leah the horse), Aidy Bryant (Ruth the sheep), Keegan–Michael Key (Dave the dove), Kristin Chenoweth (Mouse), Anthony Anderson (Zach the goat), Gabriel Iglesias (Rufus the dog), Ving Rhames (Thaddeus the dog), national radio personality Delilah Rene (Elizabeth), Patricia Heaton (Edith the cow), Kris Kristofferson (Old Donkey), Gina Rodriguez (Mary), Zachary Levi (Joseph) with Oprah Winfrey (Deborah), Tyler Perry (Cyrus) and Tracy Morgan (Felix) as the three camels, and Christopher Plummer (King Herod).
Don’t miss opening weekend of this amazing family film! You may not have the whole house decorated for Christmas yet (or maybe you’ve had the Christmas music playing for a month already), but this weekend is the time to get in the Christmas spirit! THE STAR releases in theatres across Canada on November 17th and you don’t want to miss this tender, funny, star-studded new animated film. Opening week will be critical to keeping this movie in theatres all the way until Christmas, so go show your support for this Bible-themed Christmas movie this weekend! You can buy tickets here.
“I believe this will become a family Christmas classic for years to come.”
– THE STAR VIP Pre-screening Attendee (Mississauga)